Thursday, February 09, 2006

Christian Leaders to Fight Global Warning

In this column from the New York Times, 86 evangelical Christian leaders have decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying "millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors."

The statement calls for federal legislation that would require reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through "cost-effective, market-based mechanisms" — a phrase lifted from a Senate resolution last year and one that could appeal to evangelicals, who tend to be pro-business. The statement, to be announced in Washington, is only the first stage of an "Evangelical Climate Initiative."

Among those signing the statement are:
  • Charles W. Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries;
  • James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family;
  • Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church
  • Duane Litfin, President of Wheaton

1 comment:

Jim Pemberton said...

I agree that we should be better stewards of the world God has given us to tend. There's enough evidence that the pollution we generate is a significant contribution to some health problems. However, there's a weak scientific connection between our pollution and global warming. There's plenty of evidence to suggest that human pollution is nothing compared to the action of the sun in creating global warming. There is also enough evidence to suggest that the global warming we are experiencing is only just a natural cycle of climactic warming and cooling.

So, we need to clean up our act, but I doubt it'll have any effect on global warming.